Great Gretsch guitars for 2016
When you hold a Gretsch guitar the history of the guitar is almost tangible, instantly transporting you back in time to feel like you’ve just joined the ranks of the guitarist hall of fame, sat beside Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Chet Atkins.
For 2016, Gretsch have revived their famed Streamliner series of guitars. Originally designed as a more moderately priced option for those who couldn’t stretch to the likes of the historic 1950’s Electromatic guitars we’ve come to know and love, the Streamliner guitars were a no-frills option for players who still desperately wanted a Gretsch. However, the bells and whistles are well and truly attached to the new range, whilst the price tag remains extremely affordable.
The new range of Gretsch Streamliner guitars maintain their vintage vibe, whilst offering an affordable price tag for the first time guitar owner, or those who want a new guitar they can trust without breaking the bank.
The vintage style of Gretsch guitars has been favoured by all manner of musicians across a wide range of musical styles, from rockabilly and blues to Merseybeat and hard rock – an extremely versatile guitar indeed. The Gretsch Streamliner series keeps that versatility and offers further improvements to the lauded tone and playability.
Below, we look at a selection of the new Gretsch Streamliner range in more detail.
The Gretsch Streamliner G2420T oozes personality. A single cutaway hollowbody electric, the G2420T is perfect for guitarists of all styles. The Baldwin-Era Small F-Holes allow for a stronger resonance and greater tonal quality, whilst the Gretsch Broad’Tron Humbuckers onboard really push that sound.
The addition of Bigsby tremolo arm ensures that vintage aesthetic that Gretsch are famous for is maintained, and the rosewood-block-secured Adjust-o-matic bridge adds sustain and won’t see you struggling with intonation problems.
The premium double cutaway G2622T features a nod to the late 50’s 6120 model, with a vintage style headstock and rock-solid sealed die-cast tuners – perfect for the retro guitar lover in all of us. Pictured here in a cool Torino Green, the G2622T is a striking addition to the Streamliner range, especially given its modest price tag.
A laminated maple top, back and sides, white binding with black purfling and a gorgeous selection of finishes including the walnut satin – what’s not to love with the Gretsch G2622? The bound rosewood fretboard and 22-jumbo frets are a joy to play – a real highlight of the streamliners. Basically you can play these for hours with very little fatigue. Perhaps the most striking accessory to this guitar is the Gretsch “V” Stop Tailpiece – the cherry on an already beautiful vintage cake.
Comfort, playability and smooth bluesy tones are the name of the game with the Gretsch G2655. Pictured in in a gorgeous Flagstaff Sunset, the G2655 is inspired by the classic models Gretsch used to really make a name for themselves. Hollowbody enthusiasts will be please to know that a spruce centre block runs through the body reducing that unwanted feedback that can sometimes occur with hollowbody guitars.
The Gretsch G2655T features a Bigsby Licensed B50 as well as a resilient and very stable anchored adjusto-matic bridge, topping off that awesome Gretsch look. The Broad’Tron humbucking pickups, laminated maple and Nato neck with thin “U” profile make this a guitar perfect for professional gigging musicians with a price tag that suits even the beginner to intermediate guitar player.
A real highlight of the Gretsch Streamliner range comes in the form of the G2420, especially the ‘Aged Brooklyn Burst’ single cutaway hollowbody. Complete with Broad’Tron humbucking pickups for that warm bluesy tone, the vintage style gold knobs and Gretsch chromatic tailpiece really make this instrument stand out.
The trio of adjusto-matic bridge, rosewood base and synthetic nut working in partnership with this tailpiece means you can bust out note-bending solos to your hearts content and not have to worry about tunings slipping or intonation problems – a very useful (and great looking) addition to this model.
For more information on all these models, head to the Dawsons website to view the full range of Gretsch Streamliner guitars.
About Lee Glynn
Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EP’s/singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.
Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.
Here are some fun facts:
- Before moving to the UK, Lee used to host a radio show in Australia at the age of 18. Lee presented the unsigned bands segment at Twin Cities FM in Perth, WA.
- Sound Of Guns enjoyed a short but successful career in music with many of their songs being used in television adverts, sports channels and the extremely successful videos Road Bike Party and We are Not Crazy We are Amazing.
- He also can’t play bar chords due to an accident so learned to play power chords by studying Black Sabbath songs and Tony Iommi’s playing style.